National Immigrant Justice Center

Pro Bono Project Coordinator, Immigrant Legal Defense Project

Pro Bono Project Coordinator, Immigrant Legal Defense Project
The Pro Bono Project Coordinator will work with diverse partners to ensure immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other crimes have access to legal representation.

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National Immigrant Justice Center




Chicago, US

Job posted:

26 February 2024

The objectives of the project are to:

1)      coordinate effective representation of vulnerable immigrant populations;

2)      increase the broad-based impact of NIJC’s legal services program by coordinating regular pro bono trainings, case referrals, and clinic opportunities;

3)      receive and review case referrals before assigning cases to pro bono partners;

4)      coordinate direct pro bono placements, develop materials and trainings for potential pro bono partners and staff members, and coordinate clinics with pro bono partners;

5)      provide technical assistance to pro bono partners while they are working on cases

The Coordinator will be responsible for serving as the NIJC representative with pro bono partners, NIJC staff, law students, and other immigrant and human rights organizations to ensure access to justice for immigrants. The Coordinator ensures that pro bono partners receive adequate support and training and monitors these placements from initial assignment to the final adjudication of the case. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with Pro Bono Project Paralegal to ensure careful tracking of all pro bono case referrals
  • Review and place case referrals with pro bono partners
  • Maintain case files for all pro bono matters, including ensuring thoroughness and accuracy of reporting in case management database
  • Contribute to the publication and distribution of NIJC’s pro bono training materials and online educational webinars
  • Serve as the external representative to pro bono partners and work with Pro Bono Project Manager to identify new partners and expand the project
  • Contribute to NIJC’s pro bono outreach at pro bono events
  • Conduct a biannual audit of pending pro bono matters in collaboration with supervisor
  • Ensure pro bono partners have access to resources needed for effective representation, including trauma-informed practices
  • Conduct intake under the supervision of an attorney or DOJ accredited representative
  • Prepare and participate in clinics and trainings for staff and pro bono partners, both in person and online
  • Maintain current knowledge of immigration policies, procedures, and internal structures
  • Prepare applications, legal arguments, evidence, and affidavits for case filings to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Department of State
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience: Bachelor's degree required. Masters' degree preferred. Minimum of two years of experience in human rights field, legal and/or communications work required. May give credit towards years of experience if attained a degree higher than a Bachelor's Degree.
  • Language Skills: Fluency in English and Spanish is required. Ability to communicate articulately with internal and external audiences. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated competency in public speaking and strong interpersonal skills required.
  • Computer Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange; Windows operating systems; and other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance.
  • Other Skills: Knowledge of: principles and practices of communications and public information techniques through different mediums, including print, television, and internet; writing and editing techniques for a variety of audiences.
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